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VIETNAM & SOUTH-EAST ASIA


LAST COIN OF SOUTH VIETNAM

South Vietnam 10 Dong 1974 KM13This 1974 10 Dong coin was the last circulating coin issued by South Vietnam before it fell on April 30, 1975.  The 24mm brass-plated steel coin was issued as part of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (F.A.O.) Coin program.  The program created awareness of the F.A.O., encouraged people to work towards eliminating food insecurity and raise funds for F.A.O. and related programs.  The reverse of the coin features two farmers in a rice paddy with an inscription which translates "Increase in food production of agricultural products".  The obverse features the denomination. 
Item SVN-10D SOUTH VIETNAM 10 DONG FAO 1974 UNC. $4.00



FIRST COIN OF SOCIALIST VIETNAM

Socialist Vietnam 1 Hao 1976 coinNorth and South Vietnam were formally unified on July 2, 1976 to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  This aluminum 1976 1 Hao coin was one of the first coins issued by the unified government. One side features the emblem of Socialist Vietnam, the other has the denomination and date.  The coin was struck only a single year.
Item VN-1H SOCIALIST VIETNAM 1 HAO 1976 KM11 AU-UNC. $5.00



SCARCE VIETNAM COIN SET  

Vietnam 2003 5 coin set KM71-KM75
In 2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a century.  An entire generation grew had grown up without ever using coins!  The government finally bowed to the requests of merchants and citizens who wanted the convenience of coins for use in vending machines. There were reports that many children who had never seen a coin before, tried to eat them thinking they were candy. Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation since then. The brass 5000 Dong coin pictures the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The brass 2000 Dong shows a traditional high-roofed house.   The brass 1000 Dong shows a temple in the ancient capital of Hue. The copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins portray the denomination in large numerals.  All five coins are dated 2003 and show the arms Vietnam on the obverse.  The coins were minted a single year and circulated only briefly.  The government recalled them for melting, making them difficult to obtain.  Since then Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation.
Item S-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG, 2003 KM71-75, UNC. $12.00



ATTRACTIVE SOCIALIST VIETNAM BANKNOTE SET

Vietnam 5 note set: 200 - 5000 Dong 1987-1991
Ho Chi Minh is featured on the front of these five banknotes of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The back features various Vietnamese enterprises. The 1987 200 Dong depicts a tractor and farmers in a field.  The 1988 500 Dong features ships in Hai Phong Port. An elephant dragging logs is on the back of the 1988 1000 Dong.  Textile workers are on the 1988 2000 Dong.  The 1991 5000 Dong features the Tri An Dam hydroelectric plant.  It is an attractive and colorful set.  All five are Uncirculated.
Item PM-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 NOTE SET, 200 - 5000 DONG 1987-1991 UNC. $7.00



POLYMER BANKNOTES FROM VIETNAM

Vietnam Polymer banknotes, 10,000 & 20,000 Dong P119 - P120
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This set of two polymer banknotes from Socialist Republic of Vietnam includes the 10,000 and 20,000 Dong issued between 2011 and 2021.  The front of the notes  feature Ho Chi Minh and the arms of Vietnam.  The back of the 10,000 Dong note depicts offshore oil platforms.  The back of the of the 20,000 Dong pictures the Japanese Pagoda Bridge in Hoi An.  Hoi An was an important trading port until the 19th Century. The bridge was built in the 1600's by Japanese traders who lived on one side of the bridge, while the Vietnamese lived on the other.  It is the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist Pagoda attached to it.   The notes contain numerous anti-counterfeiting devices, including a "watermark", front/back registration marks, and a clear window that shows the denomination. 
Item PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM POLYMER 10,000 DONG & 20,000 DONG NOTES  P119 & P120 UNC. $5.00




COINS OF LAOS  

Lao People's Democratic Republic 1980 coin set
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam.  It rarely issues coins for circulation.   In 1980  Laos issued its first coins for circulation in 28 years. These consisted of the 10, 20 and 50 Att, struck in aluminum and issued by the Lao People's Democratic Republic.  The designs of the coins feature the denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below. A woman holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20 Att and a fish is on the 50 Att.  The reverse features the national arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
Item S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3 COIN SET, 10 - 50 ATT KM22-24 UNC. $4.50


 PATHET LAO LIBERATION BANKNOTE 

Laos 10 Kip banknote (1968) P20
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced these notes in the areas of the Laos that they controlled.  Following their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.  This red 10 Kip issued by the Patht Lao depicts nurses with patients and soldiers planting bamboo booby-traps. Maybe the nurses are treating the unintended victems of the booby-traps.
Item PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE P20 UNC.  $3.00




SCARCE KAMPUCHEA COIN  

Cambodia 5 Sen 1979The world did nothing while the Khmer Rouge government of Cambodia slaughtered over a million of their citizens between 1975 and 1979 in an effort to create a communist paradise in Cambodia.  It was a paradise only for those in power.  Finally in December 1978 Vietnam invaded Cambodia and soon defeated the Khmer Rouge. In 1979 a new government with strong ties to Vietnam was formed and the country was renamed The People's Republic of  Kampuchea.  In 1989 the country restored its traditional name of Cambodia.  This aluminum 5 Sen dated 1979 is the only a single coin was issued for circulation by the People's Republic of Kampuchea.  One side has Kampuchea's coat of arms.  The other side has the denomination and date.
Item KH-KAMP KAMPUCHEA (CAMBODIA) 5 SEN 1979 KM69 UNC. $3.00



TRADITIONAL THEMES ON CAMBODIAN COINS Restocked  

Cambodia 1994 Four coin set: 50 - 500 Riels
In 1994, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the return of peace after decades of war, Cambodia issued its first coins for circulation in 15 years.  They are also the last coins Cambodia has released into circulation.  The four coin set consists of the steel 50, 100 and 200 Riels coins and the bi-metallic 500 Riels. The designs were largely taken from previous coin issues and feature traditional Cambodian themes. The 500 Riels features the Royal coat-of-arms that was used on the 50 Sen of 1959.  The 200 Riels has the Consititution and urn design that was used on the 1959 20 Sen coin.   The 100 Riels depicts a temple at Angkor Wat that was used on the unreleased 1970 1 Riel coin.  The 50 Riels pictures Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. It was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France. Cambodian legends are on the reverse of each coin. 
Item S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET, 50 - 500 RIELS KM92-95 UNC. $6.00



THAILAND BI-METALLIC 10 BAHT COMMEMORATIVES

Thailand 10 Bahts
Thailand introduced circulating bi-metallic 10 Baht commemorative coins in 1995.  Since then it has issued a wide range of these popular coins honoring numerous important events, anniversaries,  government agencies and  celebrations of the Royal Family.  Though the coins are reasonably priced and popular with collectors, they can be difficult to obtain.  One of our correspondents has put together a collection of 61 different of these commemorative coins.  This remarkable set includes nearly all of the 10 Baht coins issued thus far, all in Uncirculated condition, and at less than $3 per coin.  It would be a difficult set to put together at any price.
Item TH-SET10B THAILAND SET OF 61 DIFFERENT 10 BAHT 1995-2011 UNC. $175.00

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2018 COINS OF THE NEW KING OF THAILAND  

Thailand 2018 6 coin set: 25 Satang - 10 Baht
Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrade-bayavarangkun, also known as King Rama X, ascended to the throne of Thailand after the death of this father, Rama IX, in 2017.  He has spent most of his life outside of Thailand and has a reputation for being a playboy. He has been married and divorced three times, including a marriage to his first cousin.  Thailand introduced a new set of coins bearing his portrait on the obverse and his royal monogram on the reverse in 2018.  The coins include the 25 and 50 Satang, 1, 2, 5 and bi-metallic 10 Baht.
Item TH-SET18 THAILAND 6 COIN SET, 25 SATANG-10 BAHT 2018 UNC. $5.00



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